Stop by the Information Office
Be sure to swing by the Information Office (on the frontage road) when arriving in Vail. Not only can they give you the latest ski conditions & maps of the trails, but also they can give you great last minute hotel deals and ski school information.
Skiing- Frontside, Lionshead
Lionshead is primarily a beginner/intermediate area, with little to excite the advanced skiers. However, it is also the home of the Eagle Bahn Express Gondola/Lift 19, a scenic ride up in a relatively warm gondola. Paralleling the gondola is Born Free Express/Lift 8, which doesn't go all the way up and serves mostly the Born Free (blue-green) and other greens, as well as Bwana, one of a few black runs in Lionshead.
The Gondola services Adventure Ridge (call 970.476.9090 for information). They have tubing, skating ski-biking, snowmobiling and other stuff, open 2:30pm to 10:00pm, but they say they are "closed on select Sundays and Mondays".
Eagle Bahn Express Gondola Lift/Lift 19- 6-8 people(?), 2204 vertical, 8 minutes, closes at 4:00 pm. (Free after 2:00pm to foot passengers- See "Game Creek Club" restaurant tip.)
Born Free Express Lift/Lift 8- High Speed Quad, 1593 vertical, 6 minutes, closes at 4:00 pm.
"The Finest in Creative American Cuisine"?
Considered one of the most popular restaurants in Vail, Sweet Basil serves what is self-described as "the finest in creative American cuisine and service since 1977". When I had dinner here in March 2010, I found the service to be impeccable and certainly one of the finest in Vail. The cuisine in my opinion, however, although tasty, was perhaps a little too creative with its too many competing flavours. No doubt each individual item on my dish was deliciously and sophisticatedly prepared, but combined together they overwhelmed the palate. I certainly will not deny myself the opportunity to return to Sweet Basil if asked to do so, but will not rush there myself.
Big Family Get-Together
"Big Rental House"
Mom & Dad decided that what they wanted from their grown kids for their 50th Wedding anniversary celebration was to have a get-together, so we did some looking around. We decided on an 8-bedroom home in a nice golf/ski community in Colorado where that the 5 households would each be driving in from different directions. It was not perfectly equi-distant for everyone, but somewhat centrally located. We were planning to spend our time visiting and not going off to do the area's sports, but the size of the place is what clinched the deal. The price was not cheap, but we decided to book it since it would hold our whole gang.
"The Good, Bad & the Ugly"
The place was as spacious as advertised; however we were a bit disheartened to see the huge layers of dust that covered the copious amounts of decor in each room. Clearly, the cleaning crew isn't meticulous. Even some of the plates and bowls coming out of the kitchen cupboards were filthy with food that hadn't been washed off or even brushed off. Some of the bathroom shower curtains were so slimy with mildew that you didn't want to pull the curtain closed around you. But the first sign we got was when we took off our shoes upon entering the home and then found that our socks were blackened within an hour due to the dirty carpets, rugs and hardwood floors
VTCrusier's new Vail Page
Vail Rules! LOOK MA headwall. No it. Love it. Just do it! Here is a photo of me just taking the short cut into the bump run!
Don't try this unless you have the money for the sled ride the rest of the way down the mountain, Doctors visit and time to recover. It's a good 30 foot drop into bumps!